How to Make an Ombre Cake
Celebrate the first day of spring with a cake that has colors that change like the season. We partnered with Marcella DiLonardo of Modest Marce to create this stunning ombre cake.
Happy first day of spring! After all the crazy weather we have had this season, I think a cake is in order to celebrate the arrival of warmer days. Don't you agree? After all the sun is shining past 4 pm, farmers markets are open, and beautiful flowers are blooming all over the place.
This will be the first spring I spend in my new house, so the first thing on my list is to get the garden ready. I can’t wait to plant fresh vegetables and about every herb I can possibly think of for cooking: basil, mint, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, and, of course, lavender.
I think lavender is one of the prettiest herbs available. In addition to its gorgeous purple hue, the scent is calming, soothing, and relaxing. Its familiar scent is often found in candles and soaps, but I decided it was time to explore baking with it as well.
After my success with lavender shortbread cookies, I decided to expand my lavender horizons and bake a cake.
This lavender cake offers a very subtle flavor of lavender, nothing overpowering or too floral, but certainly a unique taste. The inclusion of the lavender oil along with the dried lavender is completely optional, but I highly recommend you give it a try. Just remember a little oil goes a long way, so do not add more than the suggested drops.
Because I felt the cake needed to be as delicate and pretty as the lavender plant itself, I went with a soft purple ombre cake, inside and out. I promise this technique is a lot easier to execute than it looks.
Time to bake something new this spring! Enjoy.